IPA Review Articles

Misplaced Optimism
16 January 2024

Misplaced Optimism

The wishful thinking of Australia’s former Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has set our nation on a course for disaster, warns electrical engineer Ben Beattie. Forests of wind farms carpeting hills and cliffs from sea to sky, endless arrays of solar panels disappearing like a mirage into the desert, mining on a massive scale, giant factories, untold miles of transmission lines,
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A Life Lived For Liberty
16 January 2024

A Life Lived For Liberty

A new biography of F A Hayek provides inspiration for the ongoing fight against socialism, writes IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. – Friedrich Hayek I originally sat down to read this biography out of a sense of obligation
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Kids, Listen To The Science!
10 November 2023

Kids, Listen To The Science!

Geologist Ian Plimer has dug up the simple answers kids of all ages need to understand climate shenanigans, writes reviewer Thomas D. Wilson. One of the greatest things about the modern world is our highly specialised division of labour. A baker need not study accounting to have his books checked, and an accountant need not waste resources in order to
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Climate? It’s Complicated
20 October 2023

Climate? It’s Complicated

The courage to admit prevailing predictions of the Earth’s future climate are far from certainties makes Judith Curry a rare model scientist, writes IPA Visiting Fellow Stephen Wilson. Judith Curry has been on a remarkable journey. In 2005 Curry was a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a climate scientist then 23 years on from earning her PhD in
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The USA’s Promised Land
17 October 2023

The USA’s Promised Land

A remarkable new book explains how the USA became the Promised Land for its Jewish citizens, writes former intelligence analyst Paul Monk. American academic and author Walter Russell Mead has devoted his career to the close study of the Anglo-American world order, rather as American political scientist Aaron Friedberg has done. The scholarship Mead has produced makes him an authoritative
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Pillars Of Civilisation
2 October 2023

Pillars Of Civilisation

A new and brave academic publication traces the reasons the civilisation of the West was the first to escape poverty and the Malthusian Trap, writes IPA Research Fellow Kevin You. Palgrave Macmillan’s Debates in Business History series aims to encourage robust discussions among economic, labour, and management historians, and bring to surface diverse perspectives from a broad range of disciplines.
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United We Stand …
4 September 2023

United We Stand …

Even if the Voice to Parliament fails in the referendum the war to divide us will be far from over, warns IPA Director of Research Morgan Begg. One of the best benefits of Australia’s Constitution is that constitutional alterations require the approval of the Australian people at a referendum. The consequence of this requirement is that proposals to change the Constitution
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A Voice Of Reason
20 July 2023

A Voice Of Reason

Energy expert Vaclav Smil clearly explains why ‘net zero by 2050’ is simply impossible, writes public policy analyst Tristan Prasser. Have you ever wondered how the world will transition to an all-renewable future? Or whether it is even possible? Have you ever thought about why we have fewer famines today despite there being more people than ever before, and what
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Advancing Australian Liberalism
6 June 2023

Advancing Australian Liberalism

David Kemp’s magnum opus imparts hope that Australian liberal democracy can adapt to tackle this century’s many challenges, writes IPA Senior Fellow Richard Allsop. David Kemp’s now complete multi-volume masterpiece is the perfect antidote to any sense of despair readers with a liberal disposition might be feeling at the state of politics and society in Australia in the 2020s. The
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Secure Borders And Shape The Culture
16 May 2023

Secure Borders And Shape The Culture

An economist’s research shows the benefits of well-managed migration programs, and the downside of open borders, writes IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. This book is not specifically about Australian culture or our immigration policies, but should be compulsory reading for anyone concerned with either or both. Talking about immigration, or what kind of culture we have or want in Australia,
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